József Varga

Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary


József Varga is a Professor Emeritus at the Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials Science, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary. He received his M.S. degree in 1959 and started to work at the Department of Plastics and Rubber Industry until now, except for the years 1995–2000, when he was a Visiting Professor at Erlangen–Nürnberg University. As a professor, he was lecturing on several topics on macromolecular chemistry and polymer physics for both graduate and postgraduate students writing 10 textbooks and lecture notes. His research activity is connected with the following topics: radiation-induced solid state polymerisation (1963–1980), preparation of polymers with advanced properties including the high temperature resistant polymers (1975–1990), and polymer physics and technology (1980–present). He has been awarded the following doctoral degrees according to the old Hungarian academic titles: C.S. (1967), Dr. Techn. (1968), and D.S. (1992) degrees. His research interest concentrates mainly on the multicomponent systems of the alpha- and beta-modification of isotactic polypropylene (iPP) in the last two decades. In his laboratory, was first prepared the beta modification of the beta-form of iPP with the aid of the highly selective beta-nucleating agents. The crystalisation, melting, and supermolecular structures of this polymorph have been studied in details. Some unique phenomena were observed in connection to this polymorph (melting and annealing memory effect, bifurcation of the growth). Varga’s research is reflected in more than 200 papers and several chapters in different monographs for which he has already received more than 2400 citations according to Scopus database. Professor Varga was honoured with awards on the Honorary Fellowship at Napier Polytechnic of Edinburgh and with several Hungarian awards such as “Laureatus Academia.”

Biography Updated on 11 October 2012

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